An Urgent Care Approach to Fishhook Removal

An Urgent Care Approach to Fishhook Removal

Urgent message: While fishhook injuries are common in urgent care centers located in or near recreation areas, especially during vacation season, their untimely presentation can cause pandemonium in the office. Management requires a thorough understanding of the mechanism of injury, the type of hook involved, and proper technique for removal. Anthony G. Stanley, MD and Jorge Murrilo, MD Citation: Stanley AG, Murrilo J. An urgent care approach to fishhook removal. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(9):13-18. …

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A Snapshot of Pediatric Urgent Care Operations

In October, we offered a glimpse at the operating hours of pediatric urgent care centers around the country. We also promised to share more on that growing segment of the urgent care marketplace—and this month we’re following through on that. The data below are drawn from a sample of 35 U.S. pediatric urgent care centers, and are part of a larger pool that we expect to be the subject of an expansive article in a …

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Foreign Body Removal, Hydration, and Minor Surgical Procedures with E/M

DAVID STERN, MD (Practice Velocity) Q. We removed an earring that was imbedded in the pinna using general anesthesia? Can we bill CPT code 69205? A.No. CPT code 69205, “Removal foreign body from external auditory canal; with general anesthesia,” is limited to the external auditory canal. The pinna, which also may be referred to as the auricle, is not considered a part of the auditory canal. If an incision was made to remove the embedded …

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